Murderer's 15 years on run ends

A MAN who escaped from Borallan Correctional Centre, near Ipswich, and spent close to 15 years on the run from police was arrested in Cairns yesterday.

Luke Hunter, 42, was serving a sentence for a murder he committed in New South Wales when he escaped from jail in February 1996.

Police said officers located him early yesterday morning in a residence in Herberton on the Atherton Tablelands.

He was arrested without incident, police said in a statement.

Since his escape, Hunter had been on the police’s most wanted list and a reward had been offered for information leading to his capture.

He had been transferred to Queensland in 1993 following his sentence in 1991 in the Newcastle Supreme Court for murder.

Hunter will be returned to the custody of Corrective Services as soon as possible.

Police said investigations were continuing in relation to his whereabouts before capture.

It is not known yet if Hunter will be returned to Borallan or another prison in Queensland or interstate.



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